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Redragon K552-RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 30, 2020 at 07:49 am
Redragon K552-RGB Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
6.6
Mixed usage
6.9
Gaming
3.0
Mobile/Tablet
6.7
Office
6.6
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Redragon K552 is a decent mechanical gaming keyboard with clicky tactile switches. Its compact tenkeyless design is simple but functional, and its build quality can compete with keyboards twice its price. Unfortunately, the keyboard is pretty barebones when it comes to extra features, and the blue clicky switches may not be the best choice for quiet offices, but given its budget price, it's still a good option for those looking for a basic mechanical keyboard with admirable performance.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed usage

The Redragon K552 is a mediocre keyboard for mixed usage. While typing on this keyboard is light and comfortable, the audible clicks of the blue switches make it unsuitable for most office use. Its responsiveness is good enough for gaming or programming, but the lack of programmable keys and software support may be an issue for some.

6.9 Gaming

The Redragon K552 is a decent gaming keyboard. The blue clicky switches are satisfying and responsive, but without software support, gamers won't be able to set macros or save profiles. The full RGB backlight is good for dark room gaming, just don't expect a full array of customization options.

See our Gaming recommendations
3.0 Mobile/Tablet

The Redragon K552 can't be used with mobile devices.

6.7 Office

The Redragon K552 is an okay keyboard for office use. The keyboard feels light to type on and it's not fatiguing, but noise can be an issue if you work in a quiet office. Unfortunately, you may need to get a wrist rest due to the keyboard's tall profile, as it doesn't come with one. Thankfully, the keyboard has good compatibility with most desktop operating systems, though some keys may not work on macOS.

See our Office recommendations
6.6 Programming

The Redragon K552 is an acceptable keyboard for programming. Most programmers will appreciate the light and clicky feel of the blue switches, as well as the keyboard's impressive build quality, but the absence of programmable keys can be a dealbreaker for some.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 6.6 Mixed usage
  • 6.9 Gaming
  • 3.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.7 Office
  • 6.6 Programming
Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • RGB backlight.
Cons
  • No app support for customization.
  • No onboard memory.

Check Price

Black K552-RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 14.0" (35.5 cm)
Depth 4.8" (12.3 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

The Redragon K552 is a tenkeyless keyboard and has a fairly small footprint. There is no full-size variant of this keyboard.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Redragon K552 has a great build quality. It's a mix of hard plastic and metal, and the keyboard feels heavy and robust, with no signs of flex. The keycaps are double-shot ABS and the keys are stable, but the spacebar has a slight wobble to it.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

The Redragon K552 has passable ergonomics. It has one incline setting and the keyboard has a fairly tall profile, which may require a wrist rest for optimal comfort; however, it doesn't come with one.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting unlike the near identical AUKEY KM-G9. However, since there's no official software support at this time, customization is done on the keyboard itself. You can cycle through 18 lighting effects by holding the 'FN' key and pressing Insert, Home, PageUp, PageDown, End, or Delete. Each of those keys have three presets that you can cycle through by pressing the desired key repeatedly.

You can also individually customize each key by pressing the 'FN' key and the tilde (`) key, which will enable the keyboard's 'customization mode'. From here on, you can cycle through different colors by pressing 'FN' and the right arrow key. When you get to the desired color, press the key that you want to assign the color to, and then press 'FN' and the tilde key again to exit the customization mode.

Cycling through presets won't delete your custom settings; you can press 'FN' and the tilde (`) key again to return to it.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The cable is rubberized and feels strong, but it's not detachable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

This keyboard has very few features available. There are hotkeys for media control and a Windows key lock hotkey to prevent accidentally minimizing your game.

Design
In The Box

  • Redragon K552-RGB keyboard
  • Keycap remover
  • User guide
  • Sticker

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Outemu Blue
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
49.5 gf
Pre-Travel
1.99 mm
Total Travel
3.69 mm

The Redragon K552 uses proprietary switches that are similar to Cherry MX Blues. The actuation force is very low, so it doesn't require much force to press the key. These blue switches provide tactile feedback as well as an audible click when a keypress has been registered.

7.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing quality is decent. While the click of the tactile feedback feels satisfying, it feels a little out of place, as the click doesn't quite line up with the actuation. It isn't unpleasant, but enthusiasts of Cherry MX Blues may find it a bit odd. That said, the typing experience remains light and shouldn't be fatiguing over time. The keycaps feel nice to the touch and are very stable, though the spacebar has a slight wobble.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

Typing noise on this keyboard is fairly loud and may not be suitable for use in a noise-sensitive environment.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Redragon K552 doesn't have a customization software. The backlight can be customized using hotkeys. There are 18 lighting effects to choose from, and you can also customize each key individually, though the keyboard can only hold one custom profile.

7.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard has good compatibility with most desktop operating systems. All keys and features work on Windows and Linux, but Scroll Lock, Pause, and some of the hotkeys don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Redragon K552-RGB, but there are 8 variants of this keyboard in various colors, type of switch used, and backlight. Outemu Blue are Redragon's proprietary switches that are similar to Cherry MX Blues. With the exception of typing quality and backlight customization, most of our results are applicable to the other variants as well.

Model Switch Type Color Backlight
Redragon K552-RGB Outemu Blue Black RGB
Redragon K552 Outemu Blue Black Red
Redragon K552-R Cherry MX Blue Black RGB Rainbow
Redragon K552-N Cherry MX Blue Black None
Redragon K552W-RGB Outemu Blue White RGB
Redragon K552W Outemu Blue White Red
Redragon K552W-R Cherry MX Blue White RGB Rainbow
Redragon K552W-N Cherry MX Blue White None

Compared to other keyboards

When comparing the Redragon K552 to other keyboards on the market, it feels rather barebones. Although it has a great build quality, it doesn't have programmable keys and backlight customization is limited.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Redragon K552-RGB is a bit better than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. They're practically identical in build quality and features, but the Redragon has full RGB backlighting and has more customization options than the HyperX. The only other difference is that the HyperX offers a Cherry MX Red variant, while the Redragon only has clicky mechanical switches.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Redragon K552-RGB is a much better keyboard than the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. The K552 has mechanical switches that provide a better typing experience, though the clicky switches may be bothersome for some. The K552 has a significantly better build quality and its RGB backlighting has more customization options; however, it may not be the best choice if you like having a NumPad, as the K552 is a tenkeyless keyboard.

SteelSeries Apex 3
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The SteelSeries Apex 3 is significantly better than the Redragon K552-RGB in most uses, though the K552 is mechanical, while the Apex 3 uses rubber dome. They both have a great build quality, but the Apex 3 is more comfortable to type on, as it has a lower profile and comes with a wrist rest. The K552 feels more responsive for gaming, but it also makes a lot more noise and you can't program any macros. The Apex 3 has software support for customization; however, the K552 has individually-lit RGB backlight, even though the customization can be somewhat complicated, as it needs to be done on the keyboard itself.

Vortex Race 3
Unavailable
B&H

If you're looking for a compact mechanical gaming keyboard, then the Vortex Race 3 might be a better option than the Redragon K552-RGB. Even if the Race 3 doesn't have RGB - although a variant with it exists - the board is noticeably better-built and you can record macros directly on the board, which you can't do with the Redragon. Also, the Redragon K552 is only available in Blue clicky switches, while the Vortex can come in a lot of different Cherry MX Switches.

AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard
Unavailable
B&H

The Redragon K552-RGB is almost identical to the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard, although it's slightly better as it features full RGB lighting, while the AUKEY doesn't have any backlight. Other than that, these two keyboards are pretty much the same.

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